Waterways of Stoke-on-Trent - Newcastle Branch Canal


Newcastle-under-Lyme Canals

Strange though it may seem today there was once three canals in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the longest lasting and longest in distance was the Newcastle-under-Lyme canal which ran to Stoke.

You can find details of the canals by clicking the links below:-

Sir Nigel Gresley's Canal (Newcastle Upper Canal)

Description: Was a 3 mile level private canal from Sir Nigel Gresley's collieries at Aperdale to Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Authorised by an Act of 1775, completed about 1776, closed in c.1857.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Canal

Description: Was a 4 mile level canal from the Trent & Mersey Canal at Stoke to Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Authorised by an Act of 1795 and completed in about 1800, part closed in 1921 and abandoned in 1935 - subsequently filled in.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Junction Canal

Description: Was a 1 mile 1 furlong level canal linking to Sir Nigel Gresley's Canal - it was originally designed to link Gresley's canal to the canal to the Trent & Mersey but the final link was never completed.

History: Authorised by an Act of 1798, abandoned c.1851 closed in 1864.


Newcastle upper canal
Newcastle-under-Lyme canal
Newcastle-under-Lyme junction canal
Dates in the history of the three Newcastle canals

Map showing the 3 Newcastle Canals
Map showing the 3 Newcastle Canals

email: Steve Birks



Lost Canals & Waterways of Britain Ronald Russell
Victoria History of Stafford Vol II and VIII
1898 OS maps - The Godfrey Edition
Canals of North Staffordshire - Richard Dean
The rise of the Staffordshire Potteries - John Thomas
Andrew Dobraszczyc's notes

updated: 9 March 2003